Rebooting effective clinical supervision practices to support healthcare workers through and following the COVID-19 pandemic

Priya Martin, Saravana Kumar, Esther Tian, Geoff Argus, Srinivas Kondalsamy-Chennakesavan, Lucylynn Lizarondo, Tiana Gurney, David Snowdon

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The importance of clinical supervision, a professional support and clinical governance mechanism, to patients, healthcare workers and organizations has been well documented. Clinical supervision has been shown to support healthcare workers during challenging times, by reducing burnout, enhancing mental health and wellbeing at work, and improving job satisfaction. However, clinical supervision participation and effectiveness are pre-requisites for realising these benefits. During times of stress and increased workloads (e.g. during the Coronavirus pandemic), healthcare workers tend to prioritise clinical duties and responsibilities over clinical supervision. Effective supervision practices can be restored, and healthcare workers can be better supported in their roles during and in the post-pandemic period only if healthcare workers, policy makers, healthcare organizations, clinical supervision trainers and researchers join forces. This paper sheds light on this important topic and offers a number of practical recommendations to reboot effective clinical supervision practices at the point of care.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal for Quality in Health Care
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 28 Apr 2022


  • clinical supervision
  • COVID-19
  • effectiveness
  • health personnel
  • mental health
  • pandemics

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